OVERSEAS PLACEMENT: Photographer (6 open placements)
PARTNER NAME: LOCATION:
EXPECTED START DATE: LENGTH OF PLACEMENT:
VSO Country Program Office
Various locations - (6 different countries) Tanzania, Ghana, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Bolivia September 2011 (training in Ottawa) October 2011 (departure for placement country) 1 week (in Ottawa training) 4-6 weeks (in placement country)
CUSO-VSO is a non-profit development agency that works through volunteers. Each year, we send hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development projects in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We are one of North America's leading international development organizations that works through volunteers.
ABOUT THE PLACEMENT
The aim of this placement is to collect quality communications materials (photos, video, audio clips etc.) in order to share learning and best practice generated by partners and volunteers within the VSO Program. The outcome will be that CUSO-VSO will be better able to demonstrate the impact of international volunteering and of working in partnership to tackle poverty.
You will be paired up with a volunteer journalist and will work collaboratively with the Country Office team to interview and write stories about volunteers, partners, beneficiaries and staff.
WHAT DOES THE ROLE INVOLVE?
The volunteer will work:
• Work closely with VSO country program staff to establish project logistics and schedule • Take photos, video and/or audio which capture the impact of international volunteering
and of working in partnership to tackle poverty. Subjects will include north-south volunteers, south-south volunteers, national volunteers, Diaspora volunteers, corporate volunteers, partners and beneficiaries
• Ensure that information is delivered in appropriate formats (as specified) upon completion of the placement.
• If time permits, assist the VSO program office with creation and development of communication material and conduct training sessions for staff
SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Essential • University Degree in relevant field • Minimum 5 years experience as a photographer • Proficient skills in delivering content within short timescales • Patience, perseverance and the ability to multi-task • A culturally-sensitive, innovative and flexible approach
Desirable • Experience creating and editing videos • Previous overseas experience • Fluency in French and/or Spanish
TRAINING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad. This includes:
• Attendance at a CUSO-VSO assessment day (candidates must cover the first $150 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs)
• Travel and accommodation costs associated with pre-departure training • Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family
emergency) • Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and comprehensive health insurance. • Accommodation while overseas • A modest living allowance, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
KEY INFORMATION AND DATES
Assessment day (Interview): (Must be available to attend one of the interview days listed in either Ottawa or Vancouver)
Training dates: (must be available to attend)
Wednesday, July 6th
Ottawa: July 22, 25, August 16 & 25 Vancouver: July 30, August 7 & 27
7 days in Ottawa: September 9th – 15th
CUSO-VSO places a priority on matching volunteers to countries where they are most professionally suited. Therefore, we ask that volunteers be flexible when considering where they would be willing to work.
Expressions of interest, including a cover letter, resume and sample work relevant to this position, should be sent no later than July 6th, 2011 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your interest but only pre-selected candidates will be contacted